When Betsy Devonshire arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and get her life in order. She never dreamed her sister would give her a place to stay and a job at her needlecraft shop. In fact, things had never looked so good - until Margot was murdered. In a town this friendly, it's hard to imagine who could have committed such a horrible act, but Betsy has a few ideas. There's an ex-employee who wants to start her own needlework store. And there's the landlord who wanted Margot out. Now Betsy's putting together a list of motives and suspects to figure out this killer's pattern of crime….
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I already have. Probably will again as I like the characters ,subject matter and not too graphic.
When the ladies start to suspect who the killer is (don't want to give it away)
I listen at work so am happy to have long stretches to keep up with the story.
The characters were likeable and the story engaging enough to hold my interest, so I might try another book by Monica Ferris in the future when I run out of books in my favorite series or by my more preferred authors.
Most interesting: it is set in a yarn shop.
Least interesting: it is set in a yarn shop.
Susan Boyce read well enough, but I thought she made some of the characters sound much older than they were described. I'm in my 50s and I don't think I sound like an old woman!
This book is the first of the Needlecraft series. I love the clever titles.
The book is worth a try. I liked it well enough to consider listening to more of the series in the future. I didn't like it well enough to immediately work my way through all of them right now, one after the other.
The story was pleasant enough and I might have bought others (on sale) in this series as I am a fibre enthusiast but not with this narrator. I found that she enunciated each word, especially in the dialogue, so much so that I kept thinking she was targeting her reading to a 2 year old. However, I did finish the book so it certainly wasn't the worst narration I've endured.
I enjoy Monica Ferris books for being light, interesting mysteries. Read the series in order, starting with this one. I must say, I don't love Susan Boyce's reading style but it doesn't get in the way of my liking the content. Her emphasis seems always to be slightly off for my taste. But I've thoroughly enjoyed the whole Crewel World series and wish Audible would get the rest of the books.
In this first book of Monica Ferris' Needlecraft Mystery Series, big-city gal, Betsy Devonshire's life comes crashing down around her.
An almost penniless Betsy, loads up her middle-aged, high-flying self and heads to stay with her widowed, sister Margot. Margot, is a successful, needlecraft shop owner in small town, Excelsior, Minnesota.
You might want to Curl up with a Cuppa Cocoa, because it's gonna be a while, for the murder to occur. Ferris establishes strong characterizations, in the early chapters that evoke an appealing ambiance about the real-life, town of Excelsior.
Margot, gets Betsy working in the shop, to revive her sagging spirits. Betsy learns more about the curious world of needlework, a complicated sub-culture with practices, etiquette, and a language all its own. What she doesn't learn until it's too late is that Margot has an enemy who is willing to kill.
Now, as Margot's grieving heir, Betsy reluctantly takes on not only the responsibility
of a small town business, but the job of finding out who could have murdered her exceedingly, popular, kind-hearted, sister.
Clues to the perpetrator are subtle, and sprinkled throughout the book. The solution to the mystery, when revealed, is intriguing and satisfying. Betsy Devonshire and the other characters grow, through this poignant and harrowing experience. They emerge from the story and feel like old friends, we'll enjoy meeting again, in the future books of the Needlecraft Mystery Series.
I hope Susan Boyce, will be the narrator again, she is perfect! A very enjoyable listen!
I got to the point in this book when I just yelled, die someone, die. Too much backstory, present story, fluff. Once someone died, it wasn't too bad. I don't know if this will tempt me to listen to other books in this series. Not bad, not great. Good thing it was short.
An okay read. Not one I would recommend if you like a story with good twists and turns.
A better reader.
Not well read, in fact I nearly stopped listening.
Reading seemed wooden and many times the accent fell on the wrong words. Very annoying.
Though the story was fairly predictable, I enjoyed several of the characters. Could be a fun, mindless chic-lit if the proper performance was there.
Say something about yourself!
liked the details of and the story
She is just so monotone!
get back to needle point
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